Creggan Country Park offering free youth canoeing training camps

Young lads make a splash in Creggan Country Park yesterday afternoon.  DER2718GS014
Young lads make a splash in Creggan Country Park yesterday afternoon. DER2718GS014

Creggan Country Park is offering young people the opportunity to gain water sports and health and safety qualifications through a new Camps Programme.

Karen Healy, Environmental Officer, announced this week that the NI Executive and Education Authority have awarded almost £20,000 to deliver three free TBUC (Together Building a United Community) Camps for young people aged 11 - 19.

The programme is open to young people living in the Moor, Waterside and Foyleside District Electoral Areas.

Karen said: “Our camp is unique in that it’s not just a summer camp but an eight month packed programme resulting in a Star 1 Canoeing Qualification and certificate in First Aid. We want young people in our city to have a better, brighter future and so our camp will do just that. It will act as the first stepping stone on the journey to becoming a fully qualified water sports instructor.”

Information sessions will be held on Monday, July 9 for young people living in these areas to come along and find out what the camp is about, get a tour of facilities, meet the team and enjoy a barbecue. The session for 11-13-year-olds runs from 10am - 12noon: for 14-16 year-olds from 1pm - 3pm: and for 17 - 19-year-olds from 4pm - 6pm.

Karen said: “We would advise young people to bring along their parent/guardian to this session as it will require registration forms to be signed. To book a place at our information session on Monday 9th July call 71363 133 or email

“Our camp will provide transport for Waterside participants and lunch will be provided free for all participants at each workshop.”